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LISTEN: Indian MMA Origin Stories Ep 05: One Punch MMA ft. Balkrishna Shetty

LockerRoom Team
03 May 2021

In the fifth episode of Indian MMA Origin stories, we talk to Balkrishna Shetty who is the head coach of ONE Punch MMA.   

For the uninitiated, Indian MMA Origin Stories is an Interview series from LockerRoom India where we try to explore the origin stories of Indian MMA Fight Teams, Gyms, Promotions, and whatnot.

In the episode, Balkrishna opens up about how and why One Punch MMA was started, how his combat sports journey started, the MMA League that is being planned, Meeting Daniel Isaac and going to Nashik in 2001, How he got into Coaching and Muay-Thai, His ONE championship journey, his students making history, WMC India, his advice for upcoming fights and more.  

Time Code for easy viewing:

  • 00:59 – Dealing with the Pandemic
  • 02:23 – How and Why One Punch MMA started
  • 05:36 – The Major challenges that One Punch faced
  • 07:36 – The MMA League that is being planned
  • 10:13 – How a Karate Dress got him into Combat Sports
  • 13:00 – Meeting Daniel Isaac and going to Nashik in 2001
  • 16:20 – How he discovered Muay-Thai
  • 18:40 – How the ONE Championship offer came to him
  • 21:10 – Giving up Combat sports and Working in Call Centre
  • 23:27 – How Bollywood got him into Coaching
  • 27:19 – Humiliation in Belarus and Proving a Point
  • 28:57 – How WMC India started
  • 31:15 – Creating divisions for WMC India
  • 33:41 – His take on the Future of MMA in India
  • 35:33 – His advice to upcoming Fighters

You can listen to the episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor.FM, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Breaker, and Radio Public. Below is a link to the audible below.

Tune in for the sixth episode of the Indian MMA origin stories where we feature Ajit Sigamani who is the man behind Combat Kinetics.

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